About Our Worship
We stand to say our prayers and sing praises to God. We sit as we hear the readings from the Holy Scriptures. We kneel to confess our sins and for personal devotion. We worship with our posture. Many of us make the sign of the cross, bow, and genuflect. But no posture is required of anyone. All are welcome to worship
Our worship bulletin guides us through the Mass, including collects, Psalms and Bible readings. Most of the hymns listed in the bulletin can be found in the Hymnal 1982 and Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS).
Children are always welcome to worship at St. Mary & St. Martha. Worship is one of the basic ways we learn what it means to be a Christian. As an adult we help create an atmosphere in which children can learn to worship in ways that are consistent with their respective levels of development. Bringing children to worship may not always be easy, but it is an essential part of their growth in Christ.
The Holy Eucharist
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion.
We receive the bread with our right hand stretched in front of us over our left hand, lifting the bread into our mouth.
You may gently guide the base of the communion cup to direct it to your lips and gently push it away when you have received the wine. You may also dip the bread into the wine using your right hand. If you do not wish to receive either, cross your arms in front of your chest to signal that you want a blessing instead.
If you desire a blessing instead of communion, you may cross your arms over your chest. A priest will bless you at the altar rail in lieu of receiving the host.